With Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day) and Valentine’s Day fast approaching there’s no better time to try my healthy breakfast pancake recipe, which serves you and a loved one! We all love pancakes right?! But, finding healthy pancakes recipes can be a little bit more tricky to source and that’s why I love this spinach banana pancake recipe so much!
It can be adapted to create green protein pancakes, vegan-friendly pancakes, and there are even ways to make these greens enticing for children; check out my healthy pancakes for kids section.
How to make healthy green spinach banana pancakes
This easy spinach pancake recipe only requires 4 key ingredients and is so quick it can be made in under 5 minutes!
Healthy breakfast pancake recipe ingredients and method
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The Health Benefits Eating Pancakes with Spinach and Banana
Spinach is a natural superfood, packed full of protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. The BBC Good Food website provides details about all the health benefits of Spinach including how it improves the quality and function of red blood cells, restores energy, as well as its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.
Eating these savoury spinach pancakes will give you a source of:
Iron – improves the function of red blood cells, which transport oxygen around the body.
Folate – A B-vitamin important during growth in pregnancy, infancy and adolescence.
Magnesium – regulates muscle, nerve function, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Vitamin A – also known as retinol, helps aid natural defence against illness and infection, as well as boosts eyesight and skin condition.
Vitamin B2 – helps keep skin, eyes and the nervous system healthy.
Vitamin C – antioxidant helping protect cells against the effects of free radicals (harmful molecules) and the common cold.
Vitamin K – maintains bone health and helps wounds heal.
Bananas also contain powerful antioxidants and an excellent source of potassium (regulates blood pressure and heart function), vitamin B6, fibre and carbohydrate.
Going green has never tasted better! Eating good food is proven to improve your health and wellbeing. Check out the ways to make these spinach banana pancakes vegan and kid friendly below…
Vegan Spinach Banana Pancakes
To make these vegan spinach blender pancakes into a completely vegan recipe – add two bananas instead of one, along with two cups of your chosen soya milk. Alternatively, swapping the eggs for a chia/flax egg makes a great vegan alternative to this green pancake dish. Simply, blend 1 tablespoon of seeds in a blender then mix with 3 tablespoons of water until a gloopy paste is formed.
Top with vegan cheese or scrambled tofu (for added protein) with roasted tomatoes. Alternatively, make these vegan spinach pancakes even greener by topping with smashed avocado!
Spinach banana protein pancakes
Adding one scoop of protein powder as a nutritional supplement can be beneficial to build muscle, repair tissue damage, boost energy and may also aid weight loss by speeding up metabolism.
Therefore, you have the option to create green protein pancakes by adding one scoop of protein powder when adding your oatmeal and spinach to the blender.
Spinach is already packed full of protein. However, if you want to create clean oatmeal pancakes with added protein naturally or are making the spinach pancakes for kids, simply leave out the protein powder and top the pancakes with greek yoghurt instead.
Healthy pancakes for kids
Encouraging kids to eat their greens is not an easy task these days, but these healthy pancakes with oats, spinach and banana can become a fun way to incorporate fruit and vegetables into your kids diet (minus the protein powder of course).
Why not give the green pancake recipe a fun name such as Grinch, Kermit, Baby Yoda or Incredible Hulk pancakes – do you see where I am going with this theory? I’m guessing your kids won’t be old enough to remember Popeye and his love for spinach!
Alternatively, get them involved with the fetching of the ingredients and making to create a fun bonding experience.
These pancakes are also great for weaning babies and toddlers to get them used to their greens at an early age.
Easy healthy oatmeal pancakes with spinach and banana
A great idea for a healthy breakfast/brunch or for a quick and easy way to get your greens if you want to whip up something quick whilst working from home!
The food of love doesn’t necessarily have to involve a fancy meal. This pancake recipe could be a nice breakfast for a loved one as a Valentine’s Day surprise – V Day is on a Sunday this year after all!
Let me know if you give this healthy green spinach banana pancake recipe a try and what toppings you prefer!